22 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

22 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Volo
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Volo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rockford
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nauvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Utica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 12 nights
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Volo — 1 night

Volo is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. On the 13th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Volo Auto Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Moraine Hills State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): walk around Independence Grove Dog Park, then don't miss a visit to Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and then don't miss a visit to Kracklauer Park.

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Rome, Italy to Volo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rome to Volo, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Volo is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 4 nights

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Anderson Japanese Gardens and Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to Edwards Apple Orchard (in Poplar Grove), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Freeport (Oscar Taylor Home, Krape Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, contemplate the long history of Midway Village & Museum Center, and examine the collection at Historic Auto Attractions.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rockford day trip website.

You can drive from Volo to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nauvoo.
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Nauvoo — 1 night

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): do a tasting at Baxter's Vineyards, then don't miss a visit to Brigham Young Home, then steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nauvoo trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Rockford to Nauvoo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.
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Utica — 3 nights

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Starved Rock State Park and August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room. Take a break from Utica with a short trip to Farnsworth House in Plano, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, take in the waterfront activity at Heritage Harbor, stroll around Washington Square Park, and stop by Starved Rock River Adventures.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Utica road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Utica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Utica are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Chicago.
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Chicago — 12 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe), Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Wheaton (First Division Museum at Cantigny, Cantigny Park, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago day trip planning app.

You can drive from Utica to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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